WWW: Remembrance & Tradition

The winner of the Madbird project bag is Heather from Massachusetts. Thanks to Alecia at Madbird for providing the prize!

Knitters and textile artists in Scotland gathered last week to discuss and celebrate knitting’s recent resurgence in popularity and the positive effect it is having on Scotland’s tourism, fashion and other creative industries. We hope that this event, “Reinventing Scotland’s Woollen Tradition” held at the University of Glasgow’s School of Humanities, will be the first of many.

Members of the Ormskirk Rotary Club.

I am very sorry to have missed this! Three of my favorite things, all in one evening: a knitting-themed murder mystery night was held recently in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, to raise funds for the local “Hearing Dogs for the Deaf” charity. There were prized for the best woolly outfit, dog-shaped tea cozies, and cupcakes decorated to look like yarn and needles.

A great story on the JCrew website about choosing colors.

A powerful symbol.

In the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa (and other countries) Remembrance Poppies are worn to commemorate the lives of soldiers lost in war, in the days leading up to November 11th, Remembrance/Armistice Day. It is traditional to make a donation in exchange for one of these lapel badges, and the funds raised go towards supporting veterans’ causes. Two knitters in the UK are taking a slightly different approach: knitting and selling poppies, and donating the funds raised.

Friend of Knitty Laura Chau has published a pattern for a knitted poppy. No matter your feelings on armed conflict, there are members of the armed forces who are injured in service to their country, and need financial and emotional support as they recover.

Celebrity knitter alert: UK comedian Jo Brand is a knitter! (Warning: slightly salty language in the linked article.)

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